Skip to main content

The Winter Art Show

June 2024
1min read

Under the darkly glowing roil of a furious sky, desperate people driven before the blast struggle uphill from despair toward hope. Hope takes the form of Richard Nxon in a white trench coat. In December 1956 the Vice President visited Austria’s Hungarian border, where a refugee camp was helping cope with the two hundred thousand Hungarians who had fled the savage Soviet repression of their three-month revolt. The event inspired the expatriate Hungarian artist Ferenc Daday to produce an astonishing anachronism, a grand allegorical painting eleven feet long . The San Francisco Chronicle ’s, critic dismissed the work as “Stalinoid ‘social realism.’” But surely it has at least as much to do with Benjamin West’s Death of Wolfe . In any event, nobody can dispute the claim of a member of the Nixon Presidential Library that it is “one of the biggest oil paintings in the Los Angeles area. It joined the library’s collections last August.

Enjoy our work? Help us keep going.

Now in its 75th year, American Heritage relies on contributions from readers like you to survive. You can support this magazine of trusted historical writing and the volunteers that sustain it by donating today.

Donate